Friday, October 30, 2009

Flying Pigs

Just outside of Shin Yurigaoka (the next major stop on the Odakyu line after Noborito), there's a pork restaurant. The kanji reads "Flying Pig", and is a kind of word play. "Tobu" is "to fly". "Buta" is "pig or pork". "Bu" is also the sound pigs make in Japanese (contrast with "oink" in the U.S.) So, the kanji "to.bu" could be read as "flying oink". Technically, it would be "tobu.bu", but the first "bu" is dropped and the second one rolled up into its place. Looks like a fairly aggressive pig in any event.

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